Michael Audi, '12

Hometown: Ballston Spa, New York

Degree: BS, Robotics Engineering

Why did you choose WPI?
WPI offers a practical, hands-on approach to learning. The four-term academic calendar is attractive because more classes can be taken than would be possible in a typical semester system. Plus, WPI has a very prestigious reputation for its undergraduate engineering program.

How has WPI's philosophy of Theory and Practice, as well as working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Theory and practice are the fundamentals of any great designer. Through comprehensive understanding of your chosen engineering specialty, along with real-world knowledge of application, you can design any product you wish. Team dynamics is one of the most important concepts for an engineer because all design work is done in teams now.

What do you consider to be WPI's greatest strengths?
WPI produces smart engineers who can adapt to their environment--engineers who can do more than just sit in a cubicle. Many WPI graduates advance to upper management. I'm proud to be a WPI student because of the strong engineering background and the growth in personality it has offered me.

How has the Robotics Engineering faculty positively impacted your success as a student?
Professor Michalson helped my Major Qualifying Project (MQP) team become excited about our control system. He has time and time again offered extra help by advising our start-up company.

What are your research projects?
I am working on a research effort with Intel and WPI to create an educational platform utilizing an Intel Atom processor and Altera FPGA on a single die.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I am launching my own technology start-up.

Groups or extracurricular activities in which you participate at WPI:

  • Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
  • WPI Snowboard Club
Academic or professional awards you have received:
  • Robert H. Grant Innovation Award
  • President’s IQP Award Finalist



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